Re: THEOS-L digest 713
Nov 02, 1996 07:48 AM
So, a person who is a Theosophist (capital T) is one who accepts the
writings of HPB as the foundation, or fundamental doctrine of theosophy?
And a theosophist (little t) is someone who looks more to the "spiritual"
and "subjective" side of the philosophy?
Richard Ihle writes-->
It's an absurd situation more or less gradually "imposed" upon us by those
who were not content with the expression ~The Theosophical Philosophy~ to
represent HPB and HPB-consistent doctrine. (I always thought that even this
was overweening to begin with: it should probably have been ~The Principal
Theosophical Philosophy~, which itself already seems more than a little
Anyway, a sizeable percentage of the membership as well as perhaps the bulk
of the general public now just think of HPB's Cosmogenesis, Anthropogenesis,
and some closely related doctrines and writings ~as~ "Theosophy."
In particular, much of the established leadership does not seem content with
the fact that HPB will undoubtedly go down in history as the greatest
Theosophist of all times; they seem to want want to establish her ~as~
Theosophy itself. Fortunately, I guess, they still allow all other
"knowledge which has its base in, or at least originally derives from,
transcendental, mystical, or intuitive insight or higher perception" to be
Logically speaking, of course, there seems little need for the uncapitalized
word ~theosophy~. Or perhaps "God-assisted speculation" should get the
capital and the mere passing along of (without validating it by means of
one's own transcendental resources) ~studied~ Theosophy should be called
At this point the exclusive and irrevocable linking of ~Theosophy~ with HPB
doctrine cannot be said to be a done-deal. If and when it becomes a
done-deal, we will have become a complete-cult, with HPB-doctrine experts and
proponents running things pretty much without regard for the more general
Hey, wait a minute. . . .
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